Halloween is right around the corner, and there are plenty of spooky and unique places to visit in the coming days. If you want to treat the family to a fun day out or are looking for something more frightening, there are several options to consider, or at least provide some ideas. There are also a few virtual tours to take if you prefer to stay in as the temperatures drop.
Visit Your Local Zoo Or Botanical Gardens
Pay a visit to your local flora and fauna for some family-friendly fun. Many local zoos and gardens are hosting events that can be enjoyed. For instance, if you’re near the Louisville, Kentucky, area, visit the Louisville Zoo, which celebrates its 41st year of Halloween fun.
The Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, Rhode Island, also has a Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular event in the evenings. You’ll find thousands of pumpkins carved with favorite tv shows. There are also two sensory-friendly nights designed for those with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and sensory processing differences and their families.
Check Your Historical Society For Tours And Special Events
Most places have a historical society or group that may have special events planned that provide an educational perspective. For instance, the Poulsbo Historical Society in Poulsbo, Washington, will host a “Ghosts in the Graveyard” event, which will bring actors to the cemetery to tell their stories from years gone by. Things like streetcar, bus, and bike tours might be available in your area that also support your local community.
Your local library may also have information regarding tours or events. Libraries may also be hosting their own events for kids and adults alike. The Dallas, Texas, libraries offer a week of events for people of all ages with various interests, including book and movie trivia, genealogy research, paint and sip and a Shakespearean murder mystery.
National And Local Parks
Many national and state parks will also be hosting a variety of events. Your local park may be hosting events such as trunk-or-treat, where children can trick-or-treat by going from trunk to trunk of decorated vehicles, usually parked in a large lot.
National parks also have a variety of activities in the next week. For instance, if you are near Ohio, Cuyahoga Valley National Park (just outside Cleveland and Akron) is hosting All Hale’s Eve: Sleepy Hale-O, which will have live music, trick-or-treat stations, and local alcoholic spirits.
You can also visit parks to catch a glimpse of one of the many species of bats in the country.
Several options are available if you prefer to look for ghosts from the comfort of your home. Here are several virtual tours you can take:
- Uncover the Haunted History of Chicago with Amazon Explore
- Edinburgh’s Ghosts, Murderers & Monsters with Airbnb Online Experiences
- Winchester Mystery House interactive tour
- Get up close and personal in The Bran Castle with Google Maps, the supposed inspiration for the novel ‘Dracula’
- Witch Trials Online Sites Tour with the Salem Witch Museum
- Visit U.S. Ghost Adventures to see one of their many tours in cities around the country
- Get lost in the underground maze of the Paris Catacombs
Finding an event to take in the spooky season before we move into the holidays can help kickstart this last half of the year. Whether you visit a zoo or an unexplored part of your city or decide to take a trip via the internet, there are plenty of options to consider. Hopefully, you can have fun without getting too frightened.
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